Was the most ancient division of the Roman people. The curiae were 30 in number. Some bore local names, others personal ones. Membership of the curiae was determined by birth, but as they also seem to have been local groupings, each with its own meeting‐place, it is probable that originally they comprised the families resident in particular localities. Each curia was headed by an official called the cūriō, aged at least 50 and elected for life. One of these leaders was chosen as head of all the curiae, the curio maximus. The post was held by patricians until 209 bc, when a plebeian was elected for the first time.
Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).